Extra Virgin First Cold Press, with Chillies and with Lemons are members of the rather large Nudo family (there are seven in total, including Mandarin, Garlic, Basil and Thyme). The Thyme oil which we tried tastes like virgin olive oil “marinaded” in fresh thyme – subtle and nicely not overpowering. The Lemon oil is fantastic. Sicilian lemons are driven at breakneck speed back to Nudo’s own press where they’re stone-milled with olives from Abruzzo, to make a Lemon Oil that tastes deeply but not overwhelmingly lemony and without a hint of bitterness.
Grilled Lemon and Thyme Mini Pittas
Mix Nudo’s Lemon Oil with a little sea salt, a sprinkling of finely chopped fresh thyme – and some grated lemon rind and juice if you prefer – and then brush onto mini-pittas and grill (for crispier ones, grill the underside of the pitta bread first (plain) then flip over and brush other side with the olive oil mix and pop under the grill).
Olive Oil Chocolate anyone?
If you’ve never had a dark truffle made with olive oil (no, neither have we) then give your tastebuds a test-drive with Nudo’s mandarin, chilli and lemon oil-flavoured oils – they sound intriguing.
What’s for Sapa?
Nudo also make Sapa, a sort of balsamic vinegar alternative which has a sweet toffee/maple syrup type aroma and smoky taste (also called petimezi in Greece) which is slowly cooked down from grapes for 24 hours then aged in wooden barrels for up to a year.
Adopt An Olive Tree Details
Last but not least why not adopt your own Italian olive tree? It costs £65 (€105) and Nudo will send you:
1. Spring package (all the extra virgin olive oil from your tree)
2. Autumn package (three flavoured extra virgin olive oils)
3. A personalised adoption certificate and booklet about your tree
NUDO OLIO D’OLIVA – The Three Tenors Boxed Gift Set £18/3 x 250g from www.nudo-italia.com